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IBM Lotus iNotes on Apple’s web site

Our friends at Apple are featuring IBM Lotus iNotes Ultralite on their web applications page. After spending over four years reminding everyone that what was iNotes is now Domino Web Access, someone has now decided that we’re going to call it iNotes again… which is actually quite cool because it fits in with the Apple trend of putting ‘i’ in front of everything.

iNotes Ultralite is basically Domino-based e-mail, calendar and contacts accessed through the iPhone’s Safari browser, and the user interface and functionality has been specifically designed for the iPhone. The other very important aspect of iNotes Ultralite is that it’s based on IBM Lotus Domino, and therefore has all the advantages of scalability, security, manageability and robustness… not to mention a consistent architecture which will be upgrade-able in the future. That means you won’t have to rip it out, migrate the data and replace it with a completely new architecture to get to the next version (unlike another solution I could mention).

There’ll be some updates to iNotes Ultralite when we ship Domino 8.5 later this year… and we’ll have more Apple / Lotus symbiosis as IBM Lotus Notes 8.5 for the Mac will be released at the same time.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.


Darren Adams • 16 September 2008

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  1. Peter Smith 17 September 2008 - 2:22 pm Reply

    That’s great.

    Shame about the new iphone tv ad that talks about syncing work mail contacts diary, with a big “Requires Microsoft Exchange” pasted across the screen 🙁

  2. Darren 17 September 2008 - 4:06 pm Reply

    @1 – yes, I noticed that too. However, I have a plan…

  3. Tony C 19 September 2008 - 3:43 pm Reply

    Why not integrate directly into the iPhones own mail/calendar client? Or did I miss that bit?

  4. Darren 19 September 2008 - 5:34 pm Reply

    @3 – basically because the SDK doesn’t allow it. Microsoft got it done with Exchange thru working directly with Apple developers. I can’t say any more than that without disclosing some confidential info.

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